Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Bagatelle Polo, Bois de Boulogne; Saint-Cloud Country Club, Saint-Cloud
Date Started: June 28, 1924
Date Finished: July 12, 1924
Format: Round-robin tournament.
Five teams entered the 1924 Olympic polo tournament, but the favorites were Argentina and the United States. They had never met in an international match, but as the world’s top polo nations, would later begin a series of matches, the Cup de las Americas. The US was led by Tommy Hitchcock, a 10-goal player from 1922-1940, and supported by Elmer Boeseke, who would later attain 10-goal status briefly in 1934. Also on the US team was Rodman Wanamaker, the grandson of the founder of the Wanamaker Department Store chain. The tournament was a round-robin but it came down to the USA-Argentina match. The US was leading early on, but Argentina tied the match in the final minutes, and then Juan Nelson scored a goal in the final chukka to give Argentina a 6-5 victory.